How to transition from city to farm life

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How to transition from city to farm life

Many people choose the farm life over the city life and for a variety of reasons. The city, for example, brings with it daily stress, traffic, noise, pollution, the constant need to spend money and competitiveness. It’s difficult to find a place in the city with so much going on and such high expectations. It’s definitely not for everyone.  

But, if you’re wanting to make the move away from the city and onto the farm, there are a few realisations you’re going to have to come to terms with. Life will be different and in some instances, you will miss the way the city works. But, as with anything, it’s what you make of it that counts.


There’s still business to be done

Farms are still businesses and that part of life will never disappear. However, on the farm, the work environment is more relaxed and you can choose how and where you want to do business. This way you can suit it to your farm’s capacity.

You can’t forget the fact that there’s still business to be done. The venture starts from when you decide on the type of farm you’ll be running (crop or livestock or both) and then it becomes a matter of growing crops (or raising livestock) and selling them. You’ll need to find a niche market, advertise your produce and follow a business plan. This part of the transition is usually the easiest as you can take everything you know about business in the city, and apply it here on the farm. And this way, you have the potential to make a great success of it.


A farm is nothing without its equipment

As with starting any business, money is a necessity, as is the proper equipment. Many farmers starting out make use of agricultural finance in order to get all the equipment they need. A farm is nothing without its equipment, most of which you may have never even heard of when living in the city.

You need to do your research on the type of agricultural equipment and farming tools needed to run the type of farm you’re starting. You’ll need to know how to effectively use the equipment as well as properly maintain it in order to make the most of your investment. Agricultural machinery can be relatively easy to operate once you’ve done the necessary training and have the appropriate licences.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking you can get away with “old school” farming techniques and keep up with the demands of the market and even the farm itself. Today’s farming equipment is designed to make farm work easier, less time consuming and more effective. So, make sure you know how to handle your equipment.

It takes a village

Another change that you’ll need to get used to on the farm is that it takes a village to run it. Farm life isn’t about who’s the best, who does the most and how one person can outshine the rest. Everyone works together on the farm towards a common goal and the farm gets recognition for it.

Farm life is about community where neighbouring farms stand together in support of one another. It’s not purely driven by competition, as businesses are in the city, and there’s more respect for the industry than is found in most industrial industries. Different farmers look to each other for different resources and a network is built up in that way.


It’s easier to be self-sustaining on a farm

Something you’ll realise very quickly on the farm is that it’s easier to be self-sustaining. Farming towns are relatively small, even though they cover a lot of ground. You’re not likely to have neighbours within (at least) a ten-minute drive from your farm and a grocery store at least 20-minutes away.

Growing your own fruits and vegetables and producing your own milk and eggs will save you time and money making trips to the store every other day. You’ll also find that you don’t particularly want to leave the farm on a regular basis. And if you have the necessary crops and animals, why not just harvest some produce to keep for yourselves?


The world is a lot more peaceful

And the last difference you’ll be transitioning into is the peace and quiet. Not something usually found in the city. The farm life is free of certain stresses and isn’t polluted by litter, noise and overbearing technology.

On the farm, you’ll have more time than you knew existed and enough space for all your thoughts to wander. You’ll be in charge of what happens when and you set the business expectations. The world is a lot more peaceful on the farm than it is in the city. And while some people thrive in a city environment, the farm life is where they belong.

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